This Tier List is a brief snapshot between the KCGT Qualifier and the Witch’s Sorcery Box. We will be covering the Witch’s Sorcery decks next Monday with proper testing.
With KCGT preliminary tournament now been and gone, the Tier List returns to being community tournament-reflective. There are two main differences that can make a deck hold more or less value in side-deck format compared to KC Cup format - one being how a deck functions differently with side deck and less surprise factor, the other being that the ability to accumulate fast wins doesn’t matter as much in tournaments.
The new box decks have not yet been voted on - because at the time of the TPC voting for the tier list, the new box has not yet released in-game. It would be more suitable to wait for that before voting on the decks’ Tier List placements.
gift, #1 Global KCGT Qualifier
Crystrons had a great performance in the KC GT, being used by many top players and ultimately winning the event. Several popular KC cup decks such as Cyber Dragon or Dragunity, struggle to a simple Powered Inzektron set up and Crystron players were able to secure many easy wins with the popularity of these decks. At the same time, Crystrons are just such a well rounded deck, so even against the more difficult matchups, a good Crystron pilot always had a chance.
Just like prior to the KC GT, Crystrons remain as the sole Tier 1 deck. They are very well rounded and have amazing matchups across the board. However, while not demoted, they will likely not be as dominant as they can be in a KC Cup setting, just due to being very vulnerable to side deck cards. Many side deck boards will have cards like System Down and Necrovalley, so matchups a Crystron player may be able to comfortably win in a Bo1 setting will be tougher now.
The new decks from the latest set, Witch’s Sorcery, should also give Crystrons some trouble. Although we haven’t been able to properly test, Witchcrafter and Evil Eye should have favorable matchups against Crystron. Regardless, Crystrons should remain as a very strong deck and take up several slots in the top cut of tournaments.
The performance of HEROs started to fall off in the past weeks, there are several trends in the meta that directly hurts them. The popularity of sack decks in general means the other meta decks adopted with playing handtraps such as Sphere Kuriboh or Kiteroid, which can stop the big pushes of HEROs, and without a real defence, its easy to overextend, and get punished for it. HERO is one of the best Dark Magician counters, but Dark Magician also less popular in tournaments lately. The high amount of core cards means HEROs cant run a wide variety of techs, so it is harder for them to adapt to the current meta. Because of the hard matchups all over the board, HERO is demoted to Tier 3.
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The Gouki deck is unfortunately being demoted even though it did have a few notable tops in recent tournaments. It is, however, unable to consistently compete with other Tiered decks since the deck’s main offensive strategy is to use Gouki Twistcobra’s attack boosting effect and this essentially makes Gouki a beatdown deck. The deck also relies heavily on tech cards and backrow to win several matchups, but the ability to continuously replenish resources is still interesting and future support could improve this deck at some point.
Tier List update written by Jadehex.